4-Year-Old Finds 220 Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Footprint

4-Year-Old Finds 220 Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Footprint While Walking On The Beach

While walking on the beach, a 4-year-old casually discovered a dinosaur footprint from 220 million years ago.

Lily Wilder was out with her family in south Wales at Bendricks Bay near Barry in December when she discovered a footprint in a loose block sitting near the ocean the Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum Wales said in a press release.

4-Year-Old Finds 220 Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Footprint
Image via YouTube

“It was Lily and [her dad] Richard who discovered the footprint,” her mom Sally said in a statement. “Lily saw it as they were walking along and said, ‘Daddy, look.’ When Richard came home and showed me the photograph, I thought it looked amazing. Richard thought it was too good to be true. I was put in touch with experts who took it from there.”

And while the spot is known for dinosaur footprints, Lily’s find turned out to be “the best specimen ever found on this beach,” said Cindy Howells, the museum’s paleontology curator.

The footprint is named grallator, and was made 220 million years ago by a dinosaur, though, the exact type remains unclear. It’s about 4 inches long, and the creature that left it is believed to have been a slender animal that walked on its two hind feet, standing about 2 ½ feet tall and 8 feet long.

4-Year-Old Finds 220 Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Footprint
Image via YouTube

RELATED: 4-Year-Old Goes Viral with Original Song ‘Dinosaurs in Love,’ and It Is Hands-Down Our Favorite Tune of 2020

Howells said that the find will help paleontologists gain a better understanding of how these dinosaurs moved.

And while no fossilized bones were left behind in the area that might help indicate exactly which type of dinosaur left the mark, similar footprints left by a Coelophysis have been found in the U.S.

“Its spectacular preservation may help scientists establish more about the actual structure of their feet as the preservation is clear enough to show individual pads and even claw impressions,” the release said.

4-Year-Old Finds 220 Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Footprint
Image via YouTube

RELATED: You All Loved This Dinosaur Toy, So Here Are A Few More

Sally Wilder said that it was Lily’s grandmother who encouraged the family to reach out to local experts to continue the investigation, according to NBC News.

“She is really excited but doesn’t quite grasp how amazing it is,” the mom informed the outlet.

The footprint (which was legally removed from the beach with permission from Natural Resource Wales) was taken to the National Museum Cardiff.

About Mamas Uncut

Mamas Uncut is the place for moms online. We cover the latest news around motherhood and parenting, plus entertainment news as well – all with a mom-focused twist. Looking for parenting advice? We have plenty of it, all for moms, from moms. Our mission is focused solely on empowering moms and moms-to-be with the knowledge and answers they’re looking for. We don’t stop there though, we have expert advice on a range of topics, and all of our categories get updated multiple times a day, so if there’s one website for moms you need to bookmark, it’s Mamas Uncut. We cover it all, from the latest and trendiest baby names, in the US and all over the world, to advice for moms in the workplace, or mom to mom advice on balancing it all. Looking for an answer to a specific question you’ve have? Head over to our new answers section, where you can ask questions on a nearly endless amount of topics, and you’ll get answers fast – really fast. Mamas Uncut is more than just the place for moms, it’s the community of moms – all here to help, make friends, and more. Not sure where to start? Take a look at one of our key topic areas like Pregnancy or Relationships – if you’re looking for advice on a specific topic, there’s a pretty good chance that we’ve already written on it (a few times), or that it’s within our answers section. If you don’t have time to read the site every day, we also have a newsletter that you can control how often you want to receive – that way we send all of the must-see content for moms directly to your inbox – it’s that easy. So go ahead and take a look around, ask a question, or just keep reading, we’re glad you’re here.

.